(Rotterdam) – In March reports came in that prospective students for Computational Economics were told that the future of the master program was unsure due to ongoing discussions of terminating the program. Nothing is less true, because it was solely Economics & ICT for which discussions were held. Computational Economics was totally safe, and its future was not discussed by the School Council.
Below you can read an exclusive report on what study advisors told students back in March.
immediately engaged a student to meet together with a study advisor, but now with different one, in a sting operation, codename “ESEsting”. The letters ESE stand for ‘Evaluating Suspicious Emitions’, referring the wrong information by study advisors.
The letters also hint to the Erasmus School of Economics, as it is the place where the sting operation took place. Executing the operation made it possible to poll two (2) out of (3) three advisors on the same question:
“Can we enroll in the MSc Computational Economics for 2011-2012?”
And once again, the study advisor claimed that the future of Computational Economics is unsure as it is being discussed in the School Council. The only thing the advisor could do, was to let something now when something had been decided.
To keep the conversation going, more information was asked to get a clearer picture and to verify if the answer the advisor had given was unambiguous and understood well:
“So the future of Computational Economics is unsure for next year (2011-2012)?”
Now the answer is 100% unambiguous:
Advisor: “Yes, both master programs are subject to uncertainty.”
The advisor continued: “There is a whole idea behind this (possible termination), the so-called Multi-year plan from the program director (opleidingsdirectie) (..) The program director at a certain point determined it has got no more sufficient resources to continue harboring the Informatics/ICT courses on a high level.”
“With the bachelor Economics & Informatics ending, the bachelor courses are also being terminated. This means the pre-master will also be lost making it impossible for college (HBO) students to enroll in the master Economics & ICT”.
Twisting the truth
Now, almost 4 months later, the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) says it has finally investigated the case and Ivo Arnold today stated that “there has not been a policy to scare away prospective MSc E&I-students and that he “could not establish the claims, but is not denying them”.
Ivo used this politically correct language, because the previous time he classified the claims as nothing more than being a “rumor” and that he “did not wish to investigate every detail and rumor”.
This caused another council member to react fiercely: “when I, as a council member, give a statement on an issue I expect to be taken seriously – in this case mr. is simply stating what he was told by a study advisor”.
Ivo’s first statement was a weird one, because no one ever accused the ESE of discouraging or scaring away prospective MSc E&I-students and there was nothing to deny in the first place. From the looks of it, Ivo defended grounds he was never attacked on, only to create an impression that with his defense he tried to cover up something.
Ivo also added that if desired, the other student can also testify what the two study advisors have told him or her. Apparently the word of a council member is not enough and is not valued by the ESE-board.
Thus, it can be concluded that once again the ESE is trying to twist the truth. What may be the worst is that the study advisors probably didn’t told the truth about how they informed prospective students.